Whether a person is taking the bus as part of a daily routine or traveling between cities, people are entrusting the bus driver with their lives. Many buses such as school buses or city buses do not require their passengers to wear seatbelts, which can leave them vulnerable during an auto accident. Although there are fewer bus accidents than car or motorcycle accidents, every year hundreds of people are injured in bus accidents. In fact, from 2004 to 2014, 33 percent of fatal crashes involved buses, according the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (fmcsa.gov, 2016).
If you have been injured in a bus accident, it is of the upmost importance that you do not delay. Call the experienced lawyers of One Law Group in Beverly Hills at (844) 626-1529.
Most federal and state laws consider buses “common carriers.” Essentially, a common carrier is a business that gets paid to transport people or goods from one location to another. Common carriers include all bus types such as tour buses, commercial buses, school buses, and city buses. A common carrier is responsible for the safety of its passengers and products. Successful lawsuits against common carriers are typically based on negligence or intentional acts of recklessness while transporting people or goods. According to United States Code title 47 Code 206, “common carrier shall be liable to the person or persons injured thereby for the full amount of damages sustained” (law.cornell.edu).
Unfortunately, identifying the liable party for an injury caused during a bus accident is not always clear. Responsible parties may include the bus driver, the driver of the other vehicle, the bus company, or even the school district that provided the bus. In fact, there could be more than one party that can be held liable for the bus accident that caused your injury. However, most personal injury cases that involve bus accidents are usually caused by the bus driver or the driver of the other car.
When the driver of the other car is at fault, the lawyers at One Law Group will typically seek compensation for damages from that driver’s insurance company, which may provide an injury settlement. However, if the driver of the bus in at fault, this is where the lawyers at One Law Group can be the most effective, as most buses are owned either by government programs or independent transportations companies operating under federal law. Unfortunately, filing a personal injury claim against a government entity is more complicated than a regular injury claim. The entire process of filing a personal injury claim against a bus company can add an abundance of stress to the person injured. This is why it is important not to delay, to seek medical attention immediately, and call the lawyers at One Law Group to get the process started.
Whether you are injured on a tour bus, school bus, or city bus, the most common factor of a bus accident is the result of negligence. At One Law Group, our legal team are experts at determining the responsible party and identifying the proper course of action to provide our clients with the compensation needed so they can live a better life. If you have been injured in a bus accident, it is of the upmost importance that you do not delay. Call the experienced lawyers of One Law Group in Beverly Hills at (844) 626-1529. We are here to review your legal claim today. Call now (844) 626-1529!